Miles of Smiles!
Our Annual Horse Show brought out the best in our students, Veterans, and Horses, plus our volunteers, friends, and family…everyone grinned with pride, joy, and excitement!
50+ riders showed off their skills and accomplishments in step with their equine therapy partner…sitting up tall, oozing with confidence, and after their presentation, raising their trophy high while soaking in the admiration from the crowd.
Our Xenophon’s Operation Hooves on the Ground Veterans also shared their new skills; showing the power of the relationship between themselves and their incredible therapy horse.
A HUGE thank you to our passionate volunteers, working before, during, and after the Show to ensure a smooth ride for all! The center looked fresh, our herd looked beautiful, and the BBQ was grilled to perfection.
Special thanks to our amazing partners: SonRise Equestrian Foundation for bringing two of their beloved therapy horses to our show to help ease our herd’s load; The Peter Pan Foundation and their Princesses & Action Heroes bringing joy and excitement to our Opening Ceremony; Barsotti Family Juice Co. for donating juices and lemonade for our BBQ; Julian Passmore, Xenophon student, for creating a unique purple bandana to sell and raise funds for Xenophon; Mike Miller and the United Steel Workers for sponsoring the individual trophies our students received; Lisa Browning and Friends for providing the beautiful hand-carved wood rocking horse in the Winner Circle; Clipped Wings of Oakland, NCL Walnut Creek, NCL Lamorinda, Boys Team Charity, and Scout Troop 810 for adding helping hands at the Show; and Canine Companions for Independence for providing canine hugs and kisses throughout the day!
Check out some of the smiles below and keep smiling with more images here! EnJoy the Moment!
At Xenophon, the thing we love most, the thing that keeps us coming back, that makes us smile, are the Moments of Change. Those are the memorable moments, they make us feel a part of something, feel passion, motivation, joy, confidence, and that is what we are privileged to experience every day at Xenophon.
Every person filmed, parent, volunteer, veteran, staff, no matter their connection to Xenophon, used the same two words somewhere in their responses…JOY and FAMILY. No two greater words to describe Xenophon! Enjoy the video…we joyfully share everything going on at the center and hope you become part of our family!
Thanks to all who participated in the gala, and especially to those brave enough to venture into the photo booth! We have so many great shots from this year’s event. Here are a few of your photographer’s favorites.
As always, the rest of the images can be viewed and purchased at http://photos.xenophontrc.org.
As always, you can view and purchase photos at photos.xenophontrc.org.
A video snapshot of Xenophon’s 25-year history.
You can view (and purchase!) the rest of the evening’s images on our Xenophon Photos web site –
Your humble photographer would like to express his gratitude Christine and Olivia Curtis for their invaluable assistance with this year’s Photo Booth!
We went a little crazy this year, shooting more than 1,600 photos. Hopefully, this means you’ll find something to like in our 2017 Horse Show photo album. Here are just a few of your photographer’s many favorites.
As always, you can view and purchase all of the photos at photos.xenophontrc.org.
This year we’re making it easy for you to have your own high-quality photos from the gala while supporting Xenophon at the same time! The Gala Photo Booth images are being made available at the highest possible quality, and will print beautifully. Better still, after the cost of making the prints, the rest of the purchase price goes directly to Xenophon. If you have questions about the process, feel free to email your photographer.
The photos from this year’s gala as well as many other Xenophon events can be found at http://photos.xenophontrc.org.
It’s really hard to pick favorites from this year’s shots, but here are a few of your humble photographer’s favorites.
Thanks you all for participating!